Blackburn teen shortlisted for prestigious Lancashire citizen award

An inspirational Blackburn teenager has been shortlisted for the High Sheriff of Lancashire’s Young Citizen of the Year Award.

Uzair Patel, a former pupil at Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School (TIBHS), has been shortlisted for the prestigious award in recognition of his many contributions to the local community.

Uzair, who is currently studying for his A levels – Engineering, Maths, Science and Computer Science at Runshaw College and aspires to become a cyber security analyst for a global firm -ed work by TIBHS pupils on the production of 3D visors for frontline workers during the peak of the first COVID-19 wave.

The community-spirited young man used his passion for 3D printing to produce much-needed personal protective equipment (PPE) with the guidance of his teachers and support of his peers at TIBHS. In total, the school team created 300 visors which were distributed to East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, HBS Pharmacy, ASDA Accrington Pharmacy, Blackburn Muslim Burial Society, North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Royal Lancaster Hospital, Eden Boys’ School, Bolton, North West Ambulance Service and Bank View Dentist.

Uzair was also instrumental in the design of an e-commerce website for TIBHS’ uniform recycling social enterprise ‘Uniformity’. The scheme was designed to give parents a cost effective and environmentally friendly solution to buying items of uniform when parents were suffering financial hardship as a result of being furloughed and/or uniform retailers being closed. Funds raised from the scheme were donated to charity to serve the local community.

Alongside Uzair’s success with Uniformity, he is also an Arkwright Scholar after submitting a successful application with for the esteemed Arkwright engineering scholarship based on his revolutionary 3D printer designs.

Majid Ditta, Principal at TIBHS, said: “We are enormously proud of Uzair and all that he has contributed to the people of Lancashire.

“From the start of his time at TIBHS, Uzair has always worked to be a positive part of the school community. From helping older pupils with computer assignments, to volunteering at a local design club for young people, Uzair has always found ways to use his knowledge for good.

“Uzair has left a legacy of intelligent engineering with computing at TIBHS and has inspired many of his younger peers to pursue their passion in their STEM-based subjects.

“We know that Uzair has a very bright future ahead of him and we are always delighted to hear about the achievements of our former students and Uzair continues to be a very active alumni for the school.”

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